- 31 January 2012
Indianapolis, IN - Bryan Herta Autosport team owners Bryan Herta and Steve Newey have partnered with Indianapolis-based businessman and Jeffrey Mark Motorsport team owner Jeff Mark to form Mygale North America. Mygale North America will import the French manufacturer’s race cars to the United States and Canada and provide customer support for new and existing Mygale car owners.
Bryan Herta Autosport will campaign at least two cars in the 12-race 2012 F1600 Formula F Championship Series, competing in the Mygale SJ11 chassis with Honda power. The Formula Ford was introduced to the U.S. in 1969, and has been a training ground ever since for future professional drivers.
"F1600 and F2000 are time tested and proven steppingstones to the highest level of motorsports," commented Herta. "Mygale has become the worldwide leader for these chassis, as well as multiple other championships, so the opportunity for Steve Newey and myself, along with Jeff Mark, to create a company that can distribute these winning cars to the North American market, while also creating a factory team to campaign works Mygale SJ11-Honda cars was extremely attractive."
Mygale was originally established in 1989 by CEO Bertrand DeCoster. Recognized as the worldwide leader of the Formula F1600 series, Mygale designs and manufactures a variety of race cars, including F2000, Formula 3, Formula BMW, and several other types of ultra high-performance race cars.
"We realized immediately it was a huge opportunity to work with one of the most professional teams in the USA," said Bertrand DeCoster. "We understood that we needed to come on board with the best organization and staff for our customers. Naturally, we started to discuss with Bryan and Steve the idea to distribute Mygale cars and offer quality spare parts service in North America. I personally believe that the Formula F1600 series will grow, as the USA needs a strong regional and national junior category. We are already in contact with some other clients to join the Mygale family in the USA and Canada, and have just launched a production batch of five new cars. Both companies realize that there are many projects in the USA where we could come with a fresh and powerful package for the future."